Stanley Cup Final 2019: If the Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues, which players get their name engraved on the Cup? Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the championship round of the 2019 NHL playoffs. The Stanley Cup Final begins Monday when the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues play Game 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 at (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
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Among the players’ greatest thrills about winning the Stanley Cup is getting their names engraved on the trophy itself, tangible immortality that no other championship hardware offers.
If the Bruins win the Stanley Cup, obviously still a big if, most likely every player who is still in the organization, who even played a game, will get a ring. That’s ownership’s call, but it would be unusual not to honor even small contributions.
But space on the Stanley Cup is limited so there are specific standards:
A player must be on the roster when the team wins the Stanley Cup.
He must have played or dressed as the backup goalie for 41 (50 percent) of the team’s regular season games – OR – have dressed for one game of the Stanley Cup final.
Teams can petition for other players to get their names engraved depending on circumstances. Marc Savard, who missed over half the year and all of the playoffs in 2010-11 with a concussion, has his name on the cup after a successful petition by the Bruins.
For the Bruins most of the players are obvious. Almost all of the players who’ll definitely play against the Blues fulfill the 41-game requirement too.
Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson, who arrived via trade, become eligible the moment they’re officially in the Game 1 lineup, which they will be barring an unexpected injury. The same goes for Connor Clifton, who only played 19 regular season NHL games, but has been a regular in the postseason. He is expected to pair with Matt Grzeclyk Monday night.
John Moore (coach’s decision) and Chris Wagner (injury) probably won’t play in the series, but they played 61 and 76 games respectively and would have guaranteed spots if Boston wins.
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The real question mark is Kevan Miller. Both Don Sweeney and Bruce Cassidy each made it sound like the veteran defenseman wouldn’t be available because of injury. He played 39 regular season games and no postseason games. He’s been a good player and a popular teammate. If the Bruins are going to petition the league for somebody, he’d be it.
It’s possible Steven Kampfer or Karson Kuhlman will appear in this series. Kampfer or Moore would likely get the call if the Bruins lose a defenseman or Clifton struggles early. Moore has already fulfilled qualifications.
Kampfer would have to dress to be assured a spot on the cup in the event of a win. Kampfer played 35 games and two postseason games, but he’d likely be behind Miller in the pecking order of who they’d petition for. Would the NHL grant two? Maybe.